Well, not if you are Reggie Jackson. He has decided to pass on his Induction Ceremony at Cooperstown. Yes, the place where the Hall of Famers is located for honorable mention for great baseball players. Was that a good decision? In the past 6 months he has caused criticism of him and we noticed that a variety of baseball notables did not want inclusion in the Hall of Fame. Who would not want to be in the place that would promote their achievements? Reggie Jackson is a former baseball right fielder who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball for four different teams. Reggie told Sports Illustrated Magazine that Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.
Yes, the numbers are proof that there are a group of very good players but as the former star pitcher Jim Coates noted so astutely that Cooperstown is supposed to be a Hall of Fame not necessarily a hall of achievement. Jim was a pitcher for the New York Yankees who holds the record of 27-5 at Yankee Stadium. He is in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Virginia. Ok, I know what numbers you have acquired like batting average and number of home runs or even the amount of games you played is the same as achievement but if the voters were really so obsessed with honoring guys with numbers, they would be wise to start rethinking the exclusion of those mega stars linked to steroid use.
It will also include the 7 time Cy Young Winner Rodger Clemons who played 24 seasons as a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. He lied to Congress about his steroid use and was acquitted of all charges. While both men have a suspect past, it is going to be hard to argue that they don’t deserve a brass bust made of their image in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
What is a Hall of Fame of Baseball that somehow excludes the sports home run king and its most honored pitcher and its all time hits leader? Now without these best of the best guys the Hall of Fame would be making a mockery of its own name and purpose. Too bad they are getting the honors while they were the few who earned their status through enhancement drugs.